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Crunchy quinoa granola bars

As much as I’d like to go ahead and write up the ramble bouncing around in my head on this morning’s trail run, I’ve got nothing but another quick & simple post today. Day-to-day life continues to pick up the pace, threatening to leave my brain behind. I’m excited to share, however…my first recipe for Ancient Harvest is officially up! Quinoa crunch snack bars: hearty and somewhat chewy, like...

Healthy for cake carrot cake with cashew frosting

First off, isn’t this photo pretty…for one of mine, I mean? It’s a wonder what a good lens can do. That, and actually spending time preparing and taking pictures. With today’s amazing equipment, small steps can really elevate results from exceptionally poor (as in my case) to just about average, which on a relative personal scale can translate into stunning, on a good day. I’ll be honest, the...

Butternut and black bean burritos with red pepper ...

I’ll be brief–this week/month is packed, and today my head is swimming with that treading water feeling. I have no time…but who does? It’s August (just about), and the “dog days” don’t let you laze around in the shade like I wish they would sometimes. Good things, mostly, but preoccupying. In addition to life as we know it lately, a few exciting extras: With LiveWell Longmont, Melissa...

Better-for-you butternut oatmeal chip cookies

So often it seems success and contentment involve a little letting go. I hope that proves true with those things hardest to let go of, when we find we have to. For now, these cookies are a little bit of practice, albeit in a a fluffy (literally and figuratively), flippant way. In a quest to compile a range of  healthy-for-cookies cookie options, I’ve wrestled with disappointment over cake-like cookies, even when they...

Quinoa summer succotash

When you eat a whole lot of lentils and beans on a regular basis, you may find yourself reaching for an assortment of names. The meals may be similar, but  identifying them differently seems to add uniqueness and variety that’s delicious in its own way.  What does it matter if said names and dishes can really be used interchangeably! One week a skillet supper, next a salad, a pilaf, a stir-fry…or, this week,...

Let’s Play!

Go ahead. Play with your food. That’s our tag line for Plot to Plate, and I can’t help but admit I love it.  Even more so as of Wednesday, when Melissa and I got to share an edible play date with some 50 or more creative kids and LiveWell Longmont at the Longmont Downtown Farmers’ Market. As part of LiveWell’s mission to promote healthy eating through early educational opportunities, we’re...

Easy dairy free tuna salad

Dave joked the other day, “My favorite part of being vegan is the recipes you make with fish or eggs.” Ha. This is so easy I don’t really want to call it a “recipe”, but to me it came as a fun surprise so I wanted to share. I was going to make a “Better-than-tuna-salad” from The Vegan Table using chickpeas, but decided to modify it quite a bit…like by using tuna. Whether...

Green with gladness: spring/summer green smoothie

I started this week a little glum, a smidgeon green with envy. I ended feeling green with gladness and good luck. Like so many things (baby smiles, coos, cuddles, giggles, and wiggles), I wish I could bottle up the feeling to recreate another day.  At least I found a smoothie that closely captures its flavor–fresh like spring, radiant like summer. Since our Little Monkey was born, I’ve been taking time off from...

Sweet potato trail fuel cum baby dessert

Would a rose by any other name smell just as sweet? That’s debatable. Because, baby food called something else (like soup, for instance) tastes a whole lot better. Unless you’re a baby, in which case the reverse is true. We’ve hit an exciting time as a family, and it features *FAMILY DINNER*. How rife with oxymoron can a daily routine be? It’s nothing less than relaxed chaos, magical mess, giggling...

Simple soba slaw salad

You know the term “anthropomorphism”? Akin to personification, it’s a literary term derived from the Greek anthropos (“human”) and morphe (“form”), and it’s used to refer to the attribution of human physical or mental features to  anything other than a human being. I was thinking idly about it the other day, wondering if it’s roots were more culturally sophisticated, or...

Vegan mayan and honey lavendar coconut milk “...

Real friends don’t keep secrets. Scratch that. They do. EVERYONE has secrets worth keeping. But real friend secrets are grounded in kindness, or else they don’t matter. Really good friends sometimes surprise each other by keeping the same secret, and when the secret’s out it’s just funny. Melissa M and I talked about using culinary lavender (a new ingredient to both of us) to make honey lavender ice...

Vegan beet “red velvet” cake with choc...

Gorgeous and gory, rich red beets make me think Lady Macbeth in the land of root vegetables, and I love them. I love their vibrant deliciousness, the brilliant color splash and contrast they lend a simple salad; the varied textures to enjoy–roast them, boil them, grate them, puree them. I love that their bright pigments flaunt hearty nutrients and antioxidants. That’s a lot of love, yet cooking at home, I’ll...